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Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (Windows)

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User Reviews

When the game surpasses the cinematics. Awesome! コナン (77429) 3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars3.33 Stars
Horror/Survival game... Alas, the separation between both is *too* clear. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590) unrated
The original survival horror giant is back but with more Chris Redfield than Edward Carnby. Sycada (175) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
It's just like Resident Evil! Perfil Falso (3331) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
An unworthy sequel Isdaron (681) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.3
Overall MobyScore (43 votes) 3.2

The Press Says

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Imperium Gier
Jak więc można podsumować tę prześwietną grę? Jest to kawał naprawdę dobrej roboty, bugów w trakcie dłuugiej gry nie dostrzegłem, gra świateł zastosowana w Alone powala z nóg i nie pozwala przez długi okres czasu wstać. Jednym słowem projekt Francuzów ma same zalety, z drugiej zaś strony nie wnosi wiele nowego. Do ładnej grafiki wielu z nas już się przyzwyczaiło, motyw zapuszczonego domu pełnego obcych sił jest wyświechtany chyba do końca, w zagadkach logicznych nie ma także niczego zbyt odkrywczego ( no, może poza np. patrzeniem przez lunetę.. ). Czymże więc jest ten produkt ? Ano perfekcyjnym, w najlepszym wydaniu, połączeniem wszystkich elementów tego co już było. Jest to niejako podsumowanie dziedzictwa wszystkich gier, które powstały tylko i wyłącznie dzięki temu, że w 1992 ukazała się pierwsza część Alone in the Dark . Dlatego też nie będzie oceny 10, gdyż zbyt mało tu nowości mogących zaskoczyć gracza. Wydaje mi się, że 9 będzie w sam raz. Jednym słowem - polecam !
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Alone in the Dark is momenteel gewoonweg het beste spel in zijn genre. Knap werk van Infogrames!
games xtreme
The game overall has some great effects, the whole package is scary, the graphics great and the music totally adds to the already nerve racking atmosphere. I think that this game is definitely the scariest game of its kind I have played, this beats Resident Evil hands down in every department, I liked RE but I seem to like this more, the game is well worth purchasing if you like this sort of thing. If you’re an Alone in the Dark fan, this has to be a purchase!
PC Gamer Brasil
Edward Carnby costumava ser um ocupado, esforçado, esquisito e requintado investigador. Ele era um perfeito microcosmos dos títulos de ação/aventura baseados no estilo de Lovecraft. Os três jogos da série Alone in the Dark foram assim. Agora, com o novo título, esperamos sentir, mais uma vez, o medo bater em nossas portas.
The Games Machine (Italy)
Fantastico e coinvolgente, ecco come definirei Alone in the Dark. [...] Graficamente è ok, il sonoro è davvero bello, da giocare è divertente... che volete di più?
'Alone in the Dark 4' hat beinahe alles, was ein richtig gutes Grusel-Adventure braucht. Eine schaurig schöne Atmosphäre, eine packende Story sowie exzellente Musik und Geräuschkulisse. Ausserdem muss AlitD4 nicht mit Wertungsabzügen aufgrund der Steuerung rechnen, auch hier wurde eigentlich alles richtig gemacht. Auch die Charaktere kommen sehr glaubwürdig rüber und es macht Spass in ihre Haut zu schlüpfen. Das es trotzdem nicht zu einer höheren Wertung reicht liegt hauptsächlich an der mauen Auflösung, die Grafik ist zwar insgesamt recht gut, mit einer höheren Auflösung könnte sie aber noch weitaus besser aussehen. Ausserdem ist mir der Carnby Part zum Ende hin zu unausgewogen und das Konsolenspeichersystem überflüssig (und bei vorsichtigen Naturen die nach jedem Kampf speichern auch frustrierend.) Unterm Strich bleibt somit ein gutes Action-Abenteuer mit vielen Vorzügen und einigen kleinen Schwächen über die echte Fans der Serie aber soundso hinwegsehen werden.
Just Adventure
There are very few adventurers who will finish this game without a walkthrough, and that's nothing to be ashamed of; we can't all be Sinjin. But if you do find yourself seeking the occasional hint, at least try not to use the god codes that offer invincibility or unlimited ammo, for half of the fun, and suspense, derives from devising routes through shadowy areas fearing that each step may be your last. Always keep the title of the game in mind, for if you really want to be "alone in the dark," then you will learn to use your flashlight to your advantage to spot hidden clues and chase away the bogeymen.
От столь знаменитого названия ожидалось что-то сверхъестественно-шедевральное, некий прорыв в жанре (я не о графическом движке), а на деле получилась еще одна хорошая игра, свято следующая традициям (порой доводящим игрока до белого каления) и не привносящая в этот самый жанр ровным счетом ничего нового. Если сменить название на Resident Evil 4, переименовывать главных героев и каким нибудь боком присобачить к сюжету бравую команду S.T.A.R.S., то можно запросто продать еще несколько сот тысяч копий, и, ручаюсь, никто не заметит подмены.
Overall this game is a lot of fun to play, if you can get by and forgive the technical flaws. This game had a lot more potential than it demonstrates, and taking care of these flaws would have made an otherwise above average game exceptional.
Alone in the Dark was made for die-hard fans of the series and those who are new to the genre; casual survival/horror gamers will be hard-pressed to find anything new as far as gameplay goes. I wasn’t overly impressed with the weak storyline and drab voice acting, but I must give kudos to any game that scares the hell out of me. If it weren’t for that, this game would easily rate a 65. If you like getting scared and have a game pad (very important), this is the game for you. It's rated Mature -- not for younger players.
Super Play
Spelet är detsamma till de olika formaten (se Super PLAY 63 för en utförlig recension), även om PC-versionen naturligtvis är snyggare än den till PlayStation. Upplägget är modell klassiskt äventyrsspel, med våld och kluriga problem i väl avvägd blandning.
PC Zone
Despite the inevitable comparisons with Resident Evil, Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare manages to stand by itself as a gothic adventure game that will appeal to those with a preference for a slower and more thoughtful pace. It may not be truly scary and it does have a number of flaws, but few other titles allow you to explore and solve puzzles with as much style and attention to detail. The option to play both sides of the story is an innovative way to expand the gameplay while adding a layer of depth rarely seen in action/adventures. It may not be the masterpiece we were all hoping for but it certainly beats sitting in a room with no lights on with no one to talk to.
Krawall Gaming Network
Danke Infogrames! Danke zum einen dafür, dass ihr diesen Titel, obwohl sicher reichlich teuer in der Entwicklung, nicht im Vorfeld schon zu Tode gehyped habt. Dadurch blieb die Erwartungshaltung moderat und wurde deutlich übertroffen. Und danke dafür dass ihr dieser Serie nicht endgültig ein Grab geschaufelt, sondern wieder auf die Beine geholfen habt. Der neueste Teil von „Alone in the Dark" ist technisch gut gelungen und atmosphärisch einfach erste Sahne. Objektiv betrachtet eindeutig besser als „Resident Evil" krankt das Spiel nur daran, dass diese Sparte von besagter Reihe schon über Gebühr beackert wurde. Wer des Spielprinzips jedoch noch nicht Müde ist, sollte seinen Computer sofort auf ein Carnby-Comeback vorbereiten.
Une version PC tout à fait splendide et qui donne toute son ampleur à un jeu qui mise tout sur son ambiance angoissante à souhait et sa réalisation incroyable. Le seul reproche que pourraient lui faire les puristes du PC, c'est peut-être en ce qui concerne son gameplay trop axé console, mais qui colle néanmoins parfaitement à ce type de jeu.
Game Captain
Trotz der beschriebenen Mängel halte ich Alone in the Dark 4 für ein ausgesprochen gelungenen Spiel. Als reines Sequel darf man es nicht sehen, dafür weicht es in vielen Punkten zu sehr von den Vorgängern ab. Ich denke hier insbesondere auch daran, daß die Monsterzahl sich deutlich erhöht hat, was den Schockeffekt beim Auftauchen eines Gegners spürbar reduziert. Auch die Grafik erinnert nicht an die kultigen Vorgänger - einzig die wechselnden Kameraperspektiven sind geblieben. Die sind heute aber auch in anderen Spielen vorhanden und nicht unbedingt ein Markenzeichen. Was dieses Spiel auszeichnet ist die ausgewogene Kombination von Action und Adenture, wobei die Rätsel das Wort Adventure hier auch rechtfertigen. Zusammen mit der Möglichkeit, die Insel aus zwei Perspektiven (die der Charaktere Edward und Aline) zu verfolgen, die dann auch andere Handlungsstränge beschreiten, wird Alone in the Dark einer der interessanteren Titel des Genres.
PC Action
Sie schlüpfen wahlweise in die Gestalt des smarten Detektivs Edward Carnby oder der Anthropologin Aline Cedrac und versuchen im vierten Teil der Alone in the Dark-Reihe, das Geheimnis eines unheimlichen Hauses mitsamt seinen Todesfällen zu lüften. Egal mit welchem Helden Sie sich ins Abenteuer stürzen, die allseits bekannte Gänsehaut zaubert sich bei beiden Modellen auf Ihren Körper. Neben Riesenzecken und Hybriden treffen Sie beispielsweise auf Monsterhunde, die liebend gerne Ihre Knochen zum Abnagen hätten. Dank des ansehnlichen Waffenarsenals stellen die Kläffer aber kein größeres Problem dar.
Adventure Classic Gaming
An interesting gimmick is the inclusion of an “Alone in the Dark” branded flashlight in the box package in a limited release of the game. Despite its origin as a sequel, Infogrames has never officially referred to this game as “Alone in the Dark 4”. Regardless, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare stands well on its own as an enjoyable title in an overcrowded subgenre. Terror is abundant and well implemented in this action adventure. There are many moments when I nearly jump out of my chair as an enemy appears out of nowhere. This is a game that is guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat. As such, I recommend it to all fans of survival horror as well as fans who are already similar with the series, with or without the flashlight!
There's plenty of reasons to look forward to another Alone in the Dark game... but there's a reason that they called this one The New Nightmare instead of just Alone in the Dark 4. The look and feel of the game has changed quite a bit in this next step of evolution in the series. No more cartoons here boys and girls, this is some nitty gritty dark spooky gaming. The look will definitely have you feeling alone in the dark sometimes, but then, the outdated Resident Evil horror survival style of gameplay might as well.
Gameguru Mania
Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare is fourth installment in this series of classic, horror-themed, action adventure games. Set in the 1920s, Carnby's best friend, Charles Fiske has been found dead off a mysterious island off the coast of Maine, Shadow Island. Carnby's investigation quickly leads him to Fred Johnson who informs him of Fiske's search for the three ancient tablets which, when placed in a specific location, will unlock an incredible and dangerous power. Johnson pleads with Carnby to pick up where Fiske left off and reopen the investigation in order to recover the tablets. Carnby accepts the mission to find and destroy the murderer of Fiske and avenge his death.
Tuomio: Pelityypin konkareille hyvä ostos, lajiin vasta tutustuville löytyy parempiakin vaihtoehtoja (Dino Crisis). Alone ei tarjoa mitään uutta ja ihmeellistä, onpahan vain hyvin yhteenkasattu ja tunnelmallinen paketti, kaikesta huolimatta.
Power Unlimited
AitD is genieten voor iedere survival horror gamer die veel lezen niet erg vindt. Hoewel de gameplay wat mankementen vertoont, is de spanning om te snijden.
Game Over Online
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare was released a while ago, so a review appearing now may seem strange to some; allow me to clarify why I’m doing this. Anyone who is familiar with my work knows that I’m somewhat of a nostalgia freak. Throughout this review, you’ll notice sprinkles of history pertaining to the Alone in the Dark series of games. If you don’t dig on gaming history, skip the first couple of paragraphs.
PC Games (Germany)
Edward Carnby läuft durch die Bibliothek einer viktorianischen Villa. Ein Freund wurde hier ermordet. Seine Taschenlampe leuchtet, den Raketenwerfer hält er schussbereit. Als er aus Buchrücken im Regal ein okkultes Zeichen geordnet hat, flattert ein Flugmonster herein. Es kräht lauthals, kriegt ein Geschoss zwischen die Kiefer und hält still.
GameStar (Germany)
Anfangs hat mich die Grafik wegen der mickrigen Auflösung und mauen Animationen wirklich abgeschreckt. Doch schnell gewann die exzellente Atmosphäre die Oberhand. Gerade die Taschenlampe bringt nicht nur feine Lichteffekte, sondern auch Spannung in Spiel: Wenn Monster schreiend aus den Schatten in den Lichtkegel springen, bleiben nur Hartgesottene kalt. Solche Schocker wirken am Besten, wenn Sie im abgedunkelten Zimmer bei aufgedrehten Boxen spielen. Dann nämlich kommen die gruselige Musik und die klaustrophobischen Soundeffekte voll zur Geltung. Alone 4 ist genau richtig für alle, die sich mal wieder richtig erschrecken lassen wollen.
Game Chronicles
Despite the console influences and limitations, New Nightmare is a great game that offers excellent graphics and a great story that really sucks you in. The ability to play the same story from two unique perspectives is nothing new, but this game pulls off the concept quite nicely. The wide variety of environments offers great atmosphere and terrifying gameplay. It's not the scariest game on the block, but if you love a good thrill you will definitely want to check out this fourth installment in the Alone in the Dark saga.
PC Zone Benelux
Waar is die beloofde spanning? Waar zijn de nachtmerries na een nachtlang doorspelen? Hoewel er duidelijk veel werk is gestoken in de productie, heb ik helemaal geen zin om wakker te blijven voor dit spel. Dat zou een te groot offer zijn. Het uitgebreide en diepgaande verhaal dat zich langzamerhand openbaart, spreekt ook niet aan. Grafisch dus er mooi, maar de essentie, de gameplay, die ontbreekt. En daar gaat het toch om. De New Nightmare kent wel enige hoogtepunten en is soms best vermakelijk, maar heeft mijn hart niet kunnen veroveren zoals Resident Evil 2 dit deed. Alone in the Dark is helaas neit meer dan een leuk instappertje in het survival horror genre. Jammer.
The downs are not necessarily enough to count the game out. Despite its many bugs and flaws, the game is still fun to play when it works. The combat is rather uninspired, but it serves to add to the atmosphere. The amount of frustration you'll find in the game should be noted, however. If you like survival horror and puzzle games, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare will appeal to you. Just cut down on salty foods to deal with the rise in blood pressure.
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Een game dat je het angstzweet van je toetsen doet wissen kunnen we heel wat gebreken vergeven, maar nooit allemaal.
It's very dark and we're about to enter a new nightmare with Alone in the Dark 4:The New Nightmare.
Los escenarios de este tipo de juegos suelen ser oscuros para dar un poco de ambiente al juego, pero lo que ha conseguido el equipo de Darkworks es crear una atmósfera terrorífica, o mejor dicho, horrorosa. Porque esta cuarta entrega de Alone in the Dark no se basa en los sustos o en los monstruos repugnantes (aunque también los tiene) para su increíble ambientación, sino que la principal cualidad del juego es que da MIEDO.
Christ Centered Game Reviews
Overall, this is a pretty decent survival horror/adventure title. Some may like it more than others depending on whether they liked the original AITD trilogy. I probably enjoyed it more than a Resident Evil fan may have for this reason. It?s pretty cheap now, so pick up a copy or at least try out the demo.
As for the 3D objects, the characters spoil the overall impression - some extra polygons and lip animation wouldn't hurt a bit. Apart from that, animation is pretty good. Still, in combination with the stupid control method I mentioned, even the animation can seem crappy at times as you will frequently see your hero walking in one spot when he hits an object, an invisible wall, etc. On the other hand, FMV sequences look very good. Sounds are average. The music can get annoyingly monotonous and the voice acting is less than adequate. I understand that the game had not been developed in an English speaking country, but they could have at least found one male and one female actor with decent pronunciation... So, I definitely expected more from the New Nightmare, for all the good that did me... It did scare me a couple of times and several puzzles did get me going, but the downsides of the game were just too much so I could never truly relax and enjoy it...
Plus de dix ans après la sortie du premier volet de la série, Alone In The Dark fait peau neuve et se permet désormais d’utiliser les techniques rénovées qui font le succès des jeux du style Survival Horror, bouclant ainsi une boucle inaugurée par le premier du nom. Alone In The Dark 4 : A New Nightmare a tout d’abord vu le jour sur console avant de revenir au PC. Et son gameplay s’en ressent forcément. Mais intéressons-nous d’abord à l’histoire. On retrouvera avec plaisir Edward Carnby, héros de la série depuis ses débuts, dans un style nettement plus jeune. Ce qui est en soi complètement idiot, puisque Eddie devait déjà faire vieux en 1923 et que le voici désormais jeune aux cheveux mi-longs à notre époque. Passons.
The New Nightmare is the eagerly awaited fourth installment in the Alone In The Dark Series. A franchise praised by many fans as one of the best in the action/adventure horror genre. Alone 4 offers a contemporary spin on the old tale of a madman trying to harness the power of darkness. Edward Carnby agrees to travel to Shadow Island to investigate the death of his friend Charles Fiske. It becomes apparent that Carnby seeks revenge, not a solution to his friend's mysterious death. Aline Cedrac; a young scholar joins the expedition as a liaison to translate ancient Indian tablets. The real reason is because she is led to believe the scientist on the island could be her long lost father.
Armchair Empire, The
Do you want to play a game that tasks you with blowing away other-worldly creatures with a triple-barreled shotgun, collect Native American artifacts, destroy a contraption of unspeakable evil, and save the world? Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (NN) may just be the game to satiate your desire.
Total PC Gaming
Even though there’s something of a wooden feel to the New Nightmare as far as the controls, combat and animations are concerned, plenty of meat is still there to be found. If nothing else, it serves to illustrate strange islands are best stayed away from.
PC Gamer
This new nightmare is a lot like the old nightmare, just prettier.
Cincinnati Enquirer
"Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare" isn't a bad game by any means, but it doesn't bring anything new or exciting to the survival-horror genre. It's also bogged down by a host of shortcomings. While it can be fun at times, those who are familiar with the original "Alone" games likely will be disappointed with this eagerly anticipated sequel.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
So why would you play THE NEW NIGHTMARE? The scenery is memorably atmospheric, and so is the soundtrack. There are some jump-out-of-your-chair scares. And there’s the nostalgia factor: Except for the bad writing, the designers have done an excellent job of recapturing the gameplay and flavor of the original. But the fact is that the industry has moved on, and there are plenty of other games that have done survival-horror and third-person action better than the one that invented the genre. THE NEW NIGHTMARE is a worthy successor to the 1992 original, and if it had come out in 1993 we’d be praising it to time heavens. But it’s not 1993—or 1995 or 1997—and we have come to expect more. I’d like to think there’s still life in the ALONE IN THE DARK concept, but this NEW NIGHTMARE hasn’t done a particularly good job of finding it.
Au final, nous nous trouvons avec un titre pénible à évaluer. On ne sait en définitive plus trop sur quel pied danser avec ce "New Nightmare". La réalisation est dans l'ensemble tout à fait convaincante avec une mention spéciale pour les effets de lumière et les jeux d'ombre de toute beauté, elle parvient à mettre en place une ambiance toute particulière qui en stressera plus d'un. Il est cependant impossible de tomber complètement sous le charme tant les défauts sont indignes de cette belle réussite graphique : lèvres immobiles, contrôle délicat et liberté d'action quasi-nulle. En définitive, nous voilà face à un titre qui décevra les spécialistes du jeu d'aventure (fans de DeusEx passez votre chemin) mais qui ravira assurément les joueurs occasionnels surtout s'ils ne sont pas rebutés par un maniement type "console" et une durée de vie assez courte malgré les deux aventures.
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
The arrival of this fourth iteration of the AITD series was much anticipated, even though the creator of the first three, Hubert Chardot, had moved on to similar projects—The Devil Inside and From Dusk Till Dawn. Unfortunately, his omission from the design team was significant, with the resultant product rather disappointing, given the heritage and our expectations.
Svenska PC Gamer
Så har den fjärde delen i Infogrames älskade skräckspelserie kommit, och man borde ju egentligen vara eld och lågor. Tyvärr besannades mina farhågor från förhandstitten i förra numret, åtminstone delvis, och det som skulle komma att bli Darkworks nya stortitel visar sig istället vara en simpel Playstation- och Dreamcast-konvertering. Ibland gör det ont att vara PC-spelare.
Inspired by the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft and featuring a constantly shifting cinematic third-person perspective, Alone in the Dark's blend of gunplay, tension-filled exploration, 3D characters, and intricate puzzles made it an instant classic. It's been six years since the previous Alone in the Dark game, so longtime fans of the series have every right to expect a top-notch product that melds the latest in graphics with the same sort of atmosphere and gameplay that made the original a classic. Unfortunately, everything about this new game--from its infuriating save-game system to its awkward keyboard controls--shows that it was primarily designed for video game systems, which it was. It's a clumsy port, but what's even more disappointing is that it's a clumsy port of only a middling console game.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare has a decent plot, incorporating a flexible two-character gameplay system within a fascinating setting; but the major deficiencies in interface and audio keep this title from meeting the earlier quality standards. While the visuals are better than those in its predecessors, there is not much else that matches what came before, and frankly I miss the distinctive and somewhat quaint visual style in these previous installments. If this is the last gasp in the series, it is a shame that it could not end on a more resounding note; instead, the release stands alone as the darkest disappointment those of us who cherish this franchise have yet encountered.